If you frequently run short on space or find your devices lagging behind, it could be time to add an external SSD to your toolkit to get you back up to speed. While SSDs are more expensive than HDDs, they pay off with faster speeds and more durability thanks to a lack of moving parts. Transcend is a leading brand in all types of memory modules including memory cards, hard drives, solid state drives and more, offering a great range of hardware to transcend your device’s capacity and performance.
With the right external storage for your device, you can say goodbye to slow speed, low capacity, and the ever-frustrating ‘low disk space/memory’ notices. Here’s our guide to choosing the best Transcend external SSDs and storage for your everyday needs.
Best External Storage For Portability
If portability is key for you, brace yourself for the ultimate portable storage solution with the Transcend ESD310C! This little powerhouse encapsulates everything you need for on the go storage. Despite its small size and compact design, it certainly doesn't compromise when it comes to performance and capacity. The ESD310C offers lightning-fast transfer speeds and a generous storage space, effortlessly handling all your files and data while on the move. With a super-fast 10Gbps transfer speed and cutting-edge SLC Cache technologu, the ESD310C delivers super fast read and write speeds of up to 1050/950 MB/s.
It comes up storage capacity of up to 2TB offering plenty of space for all of your files! It also has both USB-A and USB-C connectors making it a convenient and efficient external storage solution that works across various devices. Its robust yet sleek build is designed for portability, making it an absolute breeze to carry around. In short, the Transcend ESD310C is the best choice for a superior, compact, and ultra-convenient external storage option.
Best External Storage for Creatives
The ESD380C SSD complements artistic minds and is a great choice for video editors and creatives. Fast transfer speeds and a high capacity make it ideal for a media database or for simply backing up a large library of files. Equipped with a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 interface and supporting UASP, the ESD380C offers incredibly fast transfer speeds of up to 2,000MB/s so you can efficiently move your files around. Up to 2TB of storage capacity ensures bountiful space for backups and storing high-resolution images, videos and other media files.
Multiple devices are supported, so beyond your desktop or laptop, the ESD380C will also work with any on-the-go mobile devices and gaming consoles, providing ultra-fast transfer speed and capacity expansion across various devices.
Best External Storage for MacBook Pro
Another popular option amongst creatives is the JetDrive Lite 330, offering up to 1TB of storage and read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s for super smooth and fast transfer. Unlike other options on this list, Transcend’s JetDrive Lite 330 isn’t an external SSD but rather, a storage expansion card and it’s designed specifically for the MacBook Pro 2021 model. It’s a fantastic choice for anyone wanting a quick and easy way to add additional space to their MacBook, without any added bulk. In fact, it’s designed to have a flush profile that’s tailor-made for the MacBook, seamlessly integrating and blending in without any awkward protrusion.
Other than MacBook Pro 2021, the JetDrive Lite 330 also supports MacBook Pro (Retina) 13" (late 2012 – early 2015). Transcend provides other JetDrive Lite expansion cards, which are specifically designed for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers to suit the different slot dimensions of each model.
Best External Storage for Gamers
A great choice for gamers and those with general storage needs, the ESD370C portable SSD offers palm-size portability, without sacrificing speed or capacity. With a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface and UASP support, it offers super-fast speeds of up to 1050MB/s. This means that even files as large as 20GB will transfer in as little as 30 seconds! It comes in capacities of up to 1TB, ensuring you have plenty of space for backups and additional storage.
The ESD370C is a great choice for both desktop and console gamers, thanks to its vast compatibility across a range of devices including desktops, laptops, mobile devices and gaming consoles. As with all Transcend storage devices, you’ll also enjoy advanced security and data management with Transcend Elite software, which features backup and restore, data encryption, cloud backup and disk locking functions.